Fabric Stores in Sydney:

    • Spotlight Stores – – Great for cheap fabrics mostly from China, so excellent for beginner projects. Also stocks haberdashery (zips, threads, buttons etc) and sewing machines plus homewares, but can be huge costs if you are trying to start a label. Sufficient for hobby sewers, but better to go to wholesalers if you are setting up business. Patterns are also a bit expensive, better to purchase patterns through the companies online. Also, good fabrics for costumes, but not a good selection of good quality, high end fabrics. Avoid after school hours and weekends if you can, or go as soon as they open or just before closing, as these are the busiest stores, and you may have to wait an hour or so to get your fabric cut. They have limited staff who aren’t always able to answer sewing questions, and good idea to never phone the stores. They are so busy, you may not get answered.
    • Lincraft – – Same as above, but often a lot less choice. Poor quality zippers as well, but has an ok selection of cheap fabrics. Sometimes can find a gem.
    • Tessuti Fabrics: – Beautiful selection of high end fabrics & bridal, some stores offer lessons, great patterns which you can see the garments in store as well. They usually stock fabrics purchased from Australian Fashion Labels, which is great for quality as they are usually European Fabrics, but very limited on quantity, sometimes only a few metres and they can’t order more. Also, not great for setting up your own label, as you will be paying high retail price.
    • The Fabric Store: I have a soft spot for this Surry Hills store, the crew who work here are THE BEST. Often very helpful when I worked in a busy costume workroom near here. They went out of their way to help with suggestions, and often saved the day. High end fabrics, beautiful website, but again, not great if you are setting up a label, due to high retail prices.
    • Greenfields – – Everyone in Sydney’s fashion and costume industries know this place well. Good wholesale fabrics, wide variety of mostly plain colours. Best value is if you purchase over 15 metres, as anything under that (yes they’ll cut 1 metre for you) the price starts to come up. Huge variety of all threads, zippers, ribbons, patternmaking goods etc, but often you have to purchase bulk. Elastic is always in 25m or 50 metre rolls, which makes it a great place if you are setting up a label. Best to give yourself PLENTY of time when you go in there, as it is usually packed with fashion students from the nearby colleges, and it is not a browsing store. So you have to wait in line behind the counter and ask for a fabric and they bring it to you. My advice: thoroughly check their website, then phone them for prices and put your order though, then get it posted/delivered. Parking is also terrible (Surry Hills), with obsessive parking rangers.
    • Metro Fabrics: – Great place in Tempe (opposite Ikea on Princess Highway) with it’s own parking out back. Huge selection of cheap, printed fabric, and everything you need to make swimwear or lingerie (closures, hooks etc) plus an impressive supply or corsetry boning – both metal and plastic. Great customer service and usually very quick. Not ideal for high end fabrics, but great for costumes.
    • The Remnant Warehouse: One of the best retail stores in Sydney, ex-fashion label fabrics plus cheaper fabrics too, huge dance fabric range and the loveliest staff you’ll ever meet. Also does sewing classes, great place. No parking unfortunately. Here’s a quick look: